Report from COIL's 5th Conference (April 3-4, 2013)

Can Globally Networked Learning Anchor Internationalization in the Curricular Mainstream?

The above question was addressed at COIL’s annual conference, which continues to grow as the preeminent international conference in GNL. Thanks to a unique two-venue structure utilizing the Global Center and the Central Synagogue’s Beir Chapel, we welcomed a record number of attendees.  The 200+ professors, instructional technologists, international educators, and administrators came from 35 SUNY campuses, as well as more than 70 other institutions around the U.S. and abroad. Over 100 others attended via our free live webcast. We continue to expand the event’s international presence, including nearly 50 international attendees from 18 countries this year.

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A wide range of plenary and breakout sessions included remarks from SUNY’s Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Provost David Lavallee, as well as a keynote address from noted internationalization scholar Hans de Wit. We also tripled the breakout sessions offered to more than 30, including presentations from many COIL Institute teams and our international Call for Presentations.

Among this year’s highlights was an introduction to the growing COIL International Partner Network. This included the opportunity for attendees to hear from partners from Belgium, Mexico, Slovakia, Turkey, and the UK. Another highlight was the initial announcement of a new award to recognize internationalization through technology to be administered jointly by COIL and the American Council on Education (ACE). More details will follow this summer.

You can view copies of the conference's presentations from the main agenda page. Recordings of all sessions should be posted by the end of June.